×
INTELLIGENT WORK FORUMS
FOR COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS

Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you a
Computer / IT professional?
Join Tek-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Tek-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Using a PC, how to delete files from a Sunblade 150 IDE drive?

Using a PC, how to delete files from a Sunblade 150 IDE drive?

Using a PC, how to delete files from a Sunblade 150 IDE drive?

(OP)
I haven't used my Sunblade 150 for many years, and its NVRAM battery is dead.

That's okay, because I no longer need the computer.

Before selling it, I want to delete many C source files, but can't because the computer won't boot.

Rather than locate and buy a new NVRAM with a good battery (no idea how), I removed the IDE drive and connected it to an IDE port (for a DVD drive) on an older PC, and booted Knoppix V8.6.1 from a flash drive.

Knoppix sees the IDE drive, but is unable to mount it.

I doubt the drive is bad because the computer was used only for building final releases for Sun customers. Development was done on Windows using Borland C++ (shows how old I am).

I'd appreciate suggestions on how to delete these files. For example, is there a different bootable PC distro that is more likely to see the file system on the IDE drive?

Thank you.

RE: Using a PC, how to delete files from a Sunblade 150 IDE drive?

Well, your goal is mostly about not letting the files enter the world out of your control. The easiest and safest thing is to just destroy the drive. Disassemble it and make a clock out of the platters. Sell the computer with no drive.

If you want to sell the computer with a drive, you can probably find an old IDE drive for very little money on Craigslist or eBay. Since it won't boot, you don't need to format it or install an OS. Just let the buyer know what they'll need to do to get it running.

RE: Using a PC, how to delete files from a Sunblade 150 IDE drive?

(OP)
Thanks, SamBones, for your fast response.

My second choice is to completely erase the drive (easy to do with a bootable utility) before selling the computer on eBay. It's not a money thing, it's more than I think someone might have a use for it, and I don't want to destroy something that still works.

My first choice is to delete the files. (and it's okay if they are somehow recovered via aggressive recovery methods, the files are not super private)

I've now found a Linux distro (Ubuntu) that sees the files, but I'm not able to remove them with "sudo rm ...", apparently because the file system (vs. the files) is mounted as read-only.

I don't know Unix/Linux well enough to know how to unmount the file system, remount it as read/write, and after deleting the files remount it as it was initially, in the hope that when the NVRAM is replaced, the computer will boot.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

RE: Using a PC, how to delete files from a Sunblade 150 IDE drive?

The command "man mount" will give you all the details of the mount command.

This link too.

Any one of the following mount options will get you read/write to the drive. Just add one to the command you used to mount it with Ubuntu. Then delete away.

CODE

-o rw
-w
--rw
--read-write 

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Tek-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Tek-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Tek-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Tek-Tips and talk with other members! Already a Member? Login

Close Box

Join Tek-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical computer professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Tek-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close